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Denise K. Bonnaig, Esq. is the founding member of Denise K. Bonnaig & Associates ("Bonnaig & Asssociates"), a premier litigation boutique, that inspite of being a small firm, provides the service that large firms are reputed for.


Ms. Bonnaig, who has over twenty-five years of litigation experience, as well as extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, is admitted to the New York and Connecticut bars, the U. S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


Ms. Bonnaig received her Masters of Comparative Jurisprudence (MCJ) from New York University School of Law. Prior to that, she was educated in Le Mans and in Paris, France, where she earned the degree "Maitrise Droit Privé" (Master of Laws) from Maine University Law School, and a "DEA Droit Privé" from the University of Paris II.


For approximately seven years, Ms. Bonnaig was a Senior Litigation Associate at Stevens Hinds & White. She founded the law firm of Bonnaig & Thomas in 1994, and continued her practice by founding the Law Offices of Denise K. Bonnaig, (now Denise K. Bonnaig & Associates) in 1998.


Vindicating your rights is HER business. Ms. Bonnaig will resolve your problems with her trademark drive, not to mention the expertise, tenacity and passion she brings to her craft.


Over the years, her clients have expressed their praise and gratitude for Ms. Bonnaig and her firm, as follows:


-"I am very, very impressed with the services you have provided to me, as lawyers and counselors to someone in my situation.  I feel indebted to you all.  Had it not been for the work you did, I would not be employed any longer by my current employer.  I feel obliged to refer to Bonnaig & Associates all those people who need the quality of service you rendered to me, on my matter.  I know that I will return to Bonnaig & Associates whenever necessary."


-"I would like to express my gratitude and admiration to Denise Bonnaig and Mahima Joishy for their tireless efforts on my behalf.  They feared to tread where other attorneys would have quit or not have even taken my case.  Their passion, diligence, and dedication ultimately paid off.  I brought a difficult case to Mrs. Bonnaig and her tenacity and toughness saw it through to success.  I would gladly recommend a friend to Bonnaig & Associates."


-"Denise Bonnaig has saved my job two times.  She was the first and only lawyer I consulted with, about my job sitution.  After I consulted her, I did not feel I needed to go to anyone else, because I felt comfortable with her, and trusted her skills.  Ms. Bonnaig is wonderful, and I would recommend her to anyone."


-"Denise K. Bonnaig & Mahima Joishy are good lawyers, and honest lawyers- anything they say is good and right.  I have been their client for almost 9 years, and I know their work well.  They worked hard for me.  I am so happy with their work, and will recommend their services to my community."


-"Winning decidedly against a very powerful corporate law firm most lawyers could not have the courage to challenge...and for her concern for truth and human dignity..."


-"Denise Bonnaig... rightly guided me every step of the way.... thank you Bonnaig & Associates for your expertise, which helped me in vindicating my rights.  I would unreservedly recommend you to friends."


-"I give thanks to Almighty God, who led me to Denise Bonnaig, Esq.  Thanks to Ms. Bonnaig's efforts, I came back from the immigration interview, in peace, and with good results."


-"She is passionate, and relentless in her devotion to her clients.. What an elegant, brilliant, attorney in court!"


-"Ms. Bonnaig is the last line in the sand in preservation of a civil work culture and anyone who feels wronged by an employer would be wise to seek her counsel."


-"Ms. Bonnaig understood my issues, being a woman of color herself. This factor, combined with her being a professional, enabled her to represent me well, and gave me a lot of confidence in her. She got my former employer to bend in ways that they otherwise would not have!"


-"She values all of her clients as if they are kings."


-"I regard the firm as having the highest level of competence and knowledge of the types of law they are dealing with. I would certainly recommend them very highly to anyone seeking counsel on issues of employment law, civil rights, immigration issues, or sexual harassment."


-"My case was a very difficult one because my family had fall out of status for over a year. However, Denise K. Bonnaig and their team accepted the case and obtain a satisfactory result from the INS in a matter of weeks. I believe Ms. Bonnaig can be successful even in cases where other immigration lawyers would either not take the case or fail to achieve results."


-"If you choose to have Bonnaig & Associates represent you, then welcome to a family of satisfied former clients of which I am a part. I even thought of leaving America when I was wronged by my former employer, but Denise counseled and encouraged me to stand up for my rights and assured me Bonnaig & Associates would take care of all my legal affairs."


When she's not busy with her bustling law practice, Ms. Bonnaig indulges her passion for yoga, and is a 500 hour Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher.   She teaches power yoga at the Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center, an Affiliate of the University Medical Center of Princeton, New Jersey, as well as private yoga classes and power vinyasa yoga bootcamps.    


She and her husband have three sons.




Languages spoken: French, English

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 65%
    29 years
  2. Immigration: 25%
    29 years
  3. Business: 10%
    29 years



Hourly ($385-485/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

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Contact info

Denise K. Bonnaig & Associates

25 Murray Street
New York, NY, 10007


NYCurrently registered 198907/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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New York University School of LawN/AOther - Masters1987